The McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, ( ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. With ABET accreditation, students, employers and society can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. ABET accredits over 4,300 programs at more than 850 institutions in 41 countries. ABET is an ISO 9001 certified organization.

Consistent with the mission of The University of Texas at Austin and the Cockrell School of Engineering, the needs our constituencies and ABET accreditation criteria, we have the following Program Educational Objectives.

Our graduates will:

  1. Apply the fundamentals of science and engineering to solve important chemical engineering problems in industry, government, or academic settings.
  2. Communicate effectively and demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to lead and/or participate in multi-disciplinary projects.
  3. Apply life-long learning to meet professional and personal goals of their chosen profession, including graduate study.
  4. Articulate and practice professional, ethical, environmental, and societal responsibilities, and value different global and cultural perspectives.

The faculty has designed a rigorous, demanding, state-of-the-art curriculum that integrates lectures and laboratory experience. It provides a thorough grounding in the basic sciences including chemistry, physics, and/or biology, with content at an advanced level appropriate to the objectives of the program. The curriculum includes the engineering application of these basic sciences to the design, analysis, and control of processes, including the hazards associated with these processes.

Graduation from the chemical engineering degree program signifies attainment of the following Student Outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Learn more about our department, including program enrollment and degrees awarded, or data on all Cockrell School of Engineering programs.